A report for UNHCR on a groundbreaking pilot project has been published this week. It could have an important bearing on the future of Home Office immigration removal centres centres like Hassockfield/Derwentside.
The pilot project, run by Action Foundation in Newcastle, centred on supporting asylum seekers who would otherwise be imprisoned to have their cases pursued and resolved while living in the community.
The project was small scale and its time scale affected by the epidemic. But even so, the evaluation research carried out by NatCen gathered indicates strongly that supporting women (such as those detained right now in Hassockfield) was not just more humane – but also far less costly.
Read the full report here and get a full picture.
Here is useful report summary is by the research team
Ande here’s what Action Foundation has to say on the report